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The Hitachi Magic Wand “Massager”
Ketchup was made as a medicine back in the 1850s it’s now a beloved condiment
Telephones. Once used for having conversations over long distance, now used to look at memes and share unwanted dick pics.
Yakult was a medicine
WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, 40th Attempt. They were trying to come up with a chemical that if sprayed upon delicate parts of a rocket, it would get any water off the rocket components and prevent corrosion. To my knowledge they never quite cracked that, but while looking for a solution to that problem, they invented a thing that is good for a million other challenges. If memory serves, they never actually filed a patent, because then they’d have to explain what exactly WD-40 is and how it works. Instead, they’ve been the sole owner of a top-selling household product since the early days of the Space Race.
The active ingredient in Rogaine was originally developed as an oral medication to control high blood pressure.
The guy who made the original supersoaker was a NASA scientist who created it by rekeying some pump he had designed.
Play-do was originally made to clean shoot of of wall paper
Kellogs Cornflakes was created to be the least sexy food ever, to stop teenagers from masturbating
High heels were originally created for men to make it easier to use stirrups while on horseback. They are now almost exclusively used by women to slowly destroy their ankles, knees, hips, and backs while temporarily perkifying their posteriors.
Chainsaws were originally made for child birth and treadmills for punishment and torture
Not necessarily a product but a program: Social Security was not intended for retirement
The extendable snow brush handle right next to me is now used for hitting the light switch on the wall so I don’t have to put the recliner down and get up to do it.
Q-Tips. You’re not supposed to put them in ear for Eargasm.
… were used to assist with childbirth
Created for people to blow their noses.
Now used for… other purposes.
Cocaine. From soda/pop to…
Viagra was originally invented to treat heart conditions. Nowadays it treats erectile dysfunction.